Well here in the UK we are now in autumn. Some days are very autumnal and others are still almost summer like. The leaves are starting to fall from the trees and the yellows, oranges and reds of the season are starting to show through as all of the lush green of summer disapears.
Yesterday mum found this little fella in her back garden. As most people know that to find a hedgehog outside during the day something is wrong. Mum made sure she caught him, as he’s so small there is no way he’d survive the winter. He’s far to small and under weight and a lot smaller than the ones we’ve looked after in the past.
Once mum caught him, she rang me asking me to bring over some of my cats food. As you can see from the video I took of him he was a very hungry little fella. By the time we took him to the vet to be checked out he’d eaten most of the food we’d given him. The vet said they would treat him if he needed any treatment and that they would make sure to get him to the local hedgehog sanctuary.
When I was younger if we found baby hedgehogs we’d look after them and feed them up over the winter so they could be released back in to our garden, but mum and I haven’t got the time and energy to give them the care and attention that they need.
I love the last photo with his little nose poking out of the box we put him in. We were so sad to give him up, but he’s going to get the best care where he has gone. Please remember if you see small underweight hedgehogs contact your local sanctuary or vet’s as they are is such a huge decline in this country and we have to do what we can to keep them going.
If you need any further information about British Hedgehogs please check out the following links:
- British Hedgehog Preservation Society
- The Hedgehog
- Hedgehog Rescue Rochdale
- Help the Hedgehog The Wildlife Trust